1. DANSE: A French-American Festival of Performance and Ideas
Curated by the French embassy, this three week performance festival kicks off this week with two very different performances. First, French choreographer Alain Buffard’s Baron Samedi, inspired by the music of Kurt Weill, comes to New York Live Arts. Buffard passed away in December of 2013, giving this piece examining life and death another layer of meaning. (A reception to celebrate Buffard’s life and legacy follows the May 1st show.) Over in Queens, five dancers will perform offstage in Topologie, following a score that takes them through Long Island City and the area surrounding the Chocolate Factory Theater, as well into interactions with one and other. The performance is free and open to the public.
Check out the full list for future performances, which take place across the city at BAM, Abrons Art Center, the Kitchen, the Invisible Dog, Dancespace Project, New York Live Arts, FIAF, and more. There’s also a significant range in the performances themselves, from experimental dance to the shows by Lyon Opera Ballet.
Alain Buffard’s Baron Samedi: http://www.newyorklivearts.org/event/baron_samedi
Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet’s Topologie: http://www.chocolatefactorytheater.org/redesign/event/annie-vigier-franck-apertet-les-gens-duterpan-topologie/
2. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ: AGE & BEAUTY PART 1: MID-CAREER ARTIST/SUICIDE NOTE OR &:‑/
Miguel Gutierrez brings his particular brand of absurdity to the Whitney Biennial. As the title of his work indicates, he’s exploring the struggles of mid-career artists, aging as a performer in a youth-obsessed culture, and, as he puts it in his own words, “burnout.” To further underline his position, he’s chosen the young and beautiful dancer Mickey Mahar to dance opposite him. But if all this sounds heavy-handed or depressing, Gutierrez isn’t interested in wallowing, and he has a sense of humor. Moreover, the realities of mid-career artists and cross-generational communication and experience are both worthy of investigation.
3. Limón Dance Company at the Joyce
The Limón Dance Company holds an unusual place in the dance world, with feet in both the past and present. It continues to celebrate and perform the work of José Limón, preserving his role in dance history, but it also sponsors the creation and performance of new pieces. It’s an incubator of new talent, but it also lets this talent flourish for decades. These dual sides of the company are both featured in its upcoming double-bill at the Joyce Theater, presenting both classic works by Limón himself and two new works created for the company. The dancers will perform Limón’s Psalms and Mazurkas, along with a new work by Seán Curran for the whole company. In addition, Dianne McIntyre has created a new solo, She Who Carries the Sky, in honor of associate artistic director and dancer Roxane D’Orleans Juste’s 30th anniversary with the company. With live music on some evenings.